Meet a Fox in Kew
I’ve always been an artist, ever since childhood. In my early 30s, I retired from the corporate business world and started painting full time. I was lucky enough to be successful with my first art show and I continued painting for 5 years, making a full time living at it. Eventually I became bored with painting and turned to crafting. I built a new wholesale gift business in America and had a very successful 18 year run. In 2019 I closed the business and returned to England to care for my elderly parents, with the notion of retiring completely. But the ‘crafting bug’ bit me once again and so I’m beginning to start a new business here in the UK.
What is your favourite product you make?
Felt cactus in rope bowls
What inspires you?
I like seeing what other artists are creating, seeing their workspace and their process.
What challenges have you had and how have you overcome them?
It’s challenging to make things that aren’t already ‘out there’. The truth is there is nothing new under the sun. I am influenced all the time by other people’s work. The trick is not to simply duplicate what’s out there already, but to make it your own, with your own sense of style and design.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start making things and selling?
Make things that you would want for yourself, things that you love. I only create things that I’d want to buy myself.
If a friend or relative could describe you in one word what would it be?
What are your future plans? Any new products, branding, selling platforms?
A return to painting is on my horizon.
The secret history by Donna Tartt